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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Brooks Robinson, 2005 Upper Deck All-Star Classics #80

Of all the photos of Brooks Robinson that have appeared on baseball cards, this one may be my favorite. Judging by the Major League Baseball logo patch on his left sleeve, this shot would have been taken in 1969 when MLB commemorated the 100th anniversary of the first professional baseball team. So here you have the greatest defensive third baseman of all time, in the prime of his career, poised to pounce on a ground ball. It looks like he's standing in foul territory down the third base line at Memorial Stadium. From the scoreboard on the outfield fence, it would seem that the Yankees were in town, unless the photo was taken during the World Series against the Mets. The only thing that would make this picture better would be if Brooks were placing Tommie Agee in a chokehold.

4 comments:

jacobmrley said...

What did Tommy Agee ever do to Brooksie? Besides, I believe big Frank would do the dirty work of choking opposing players.

Commish said...

Probably would have had that bunting on the walls for a Series game.

This is a great card, one I'm going to go grab off eBay.

drew said...

Kevin,
If you've never heard The Drovers Old Time Medicine Shows's bluegrass ode to Brooksie, you need to check it out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVOgq4-IaBg

Kevin said...

Max - Tommie was one of the linchpins of that world series upset. Also, Frank's not the choking kind...barreling into a second baseman or throwing punches at a pitcher, maybe.

Bob - Glad to give you shopping suggestions!

Drew - Never heard that before. Very interesting!